Bowl from a board

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Blog entry by CalgaryGeoff posted 11-08-2012 10:00 PM 5493 reads 10 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi, I’ve seen a few members are interested in the bowl from a board build process. I will share the steps I used to make a dove tail segmented bowl from a board. The only tragedy I encountered on my build was on the lathe when it blew apart after a catch. So I have no bowl but the process to build one is good none the less.

This is my objective.

Start with two pieces of wood, here I’m using cherry and blood wood. I think these were 6×12 by 3/4 inch pieces.

Dove tails are cut and fit.

Now the halves are glued together and cut in half again and dove tails are cut again and two halves then go onto the band saw. I dry fit the two halves together and mark my cuts for the band saw. I used 45deg cuts. I now have two half circles and glue them together to form rings. Stack the rings together to make a bowl. From here add attach to lathe and turn.

This is as far as I got, on the lathe I had a major catch and things went south from that point and the bowl was abandoned.

-- If you believe you can or can not do a thing, you are correct.

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#1 posted 11-08-2012 10:29 PM

More exciting adventures…

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#2 posted 11-08-2012 11:10 PM

Neat idea!!

Great thinking outside the bowl!!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#3 posted 11-08-2012 11:37 PM

Man this thing looks fantastic. I might make one soon. Thanks for sharing the information.

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#4 posted 11-09-2012 02:36 AM

Thats awesome! I’ve gotta add that to my to-do list!

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#5 posted 11-09-2012 03:44 AM

great, i’m going to favorite this.

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#6 posted 11-09-2012 12:07 PM

Great write up!


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#7 posted 11-09-2012 09:20 PM

That looks doable. I like it.


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#8 posted 11-10-2012 03:06 AM

Very nice project, shame it didn’t make it. Was it difficult to cut out on the bandsaw ?

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#9 posted 11-10-2012 06:33 AM

Tom, I did have trouble following my cut lines and that caused a bit of trouble on the lathe. Live and learn. Second time I’ve lost one. I’m going to have to make a jig for those cuts.

The inspiration for this bowl came from Dennis Edwards he’s very talented I believe. Here’s his website. Has great info and videos of segmented bowl, and open segmented vases as well as bowl, plus as a bonus, a jig I’m going to have to build to cut future blanks.

I did learn that when cutting the dove tails for this bowl I made an error with my first one going the entire length of the blood wood in this case. To make this design alternate red tail, white tail, red tail, white tail I needed to start with four pieces to alternate the pattern. If you look at this pattern on the second last photo I have three red tails and one white tail on each row. A little heads up for anyone trying it out.

-- If you believe you can or can not do a thing, you are correct.

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